Peter Howard of Triathlon England was honoured for his long and distinguished service to triathlon in Great Britain.
Taking up triathlon in his 50th year, he emerged on the embryo triathlon scene in late 1983. After the founders of the British Triathlon Association (BTA) had retired, he became a driving force behind the development of triathlon in those early years, chairing the BTA from 1988 to 1990 and representing Great Britain as a delegate at ETU and ITU Congresses. After assisting the BTA through financially precarious early days, he was instrumental in putting the Association on a more businesslike footing.
He competed with passion and commitment in all but one ITU Triathlon World Championships, from the first in 1989 until the present day, winning multiple medals in Olympic, Sprint and Long distance triathlon, as well as Aquathlon and Duathlon. That is 21 years, Ladies and Gentlemen!
Up until his death in 2015 he remained an ambassador for the sport nationally, internationally, and in his native Yorkshire, supporting the growth of the sport at a local level at every opportunity. He encouraged many people to take up triathlon and duathlon and to set up local clubs to ensure future growth. He mentored talented individuals, be they aspiring junior triathletes to Regional Committee members, Chairmen, Triathlon England Council members and ultimately as British Triathlon Federation National Development Manager for England, relying on a lifetime of experience and solid Yorkshire good sense.